Diffuser Top 10: MGMT’s Cinematic ‘Cool Song No. 2′ Blows Past Eminem’s ‘Berzerk’
For a while, it looked like ‘Berzerk,’ Eminem‘s ode to old-school hip-hop, was going to top this week’s Diffuser Top 10 video countdown, but at the last second, MGMT fans sprang into action and propelled the psych-rock duo’s ‘Cool Song No. 2′ straight into the No. 1 slot.
MGMT’s victory is well deserved, as their ‘Cool Song’ clip is as cinematic and imaginative as last week’s winner, Obits’ ‘Spun Out,’ was simple and direct. Starring Michael K. Williams — aka Omar on ‘The Wire’ — ‘Cool Song’ is a dark and druggy thriller dying for the big-screen treatment, and if you didn’t know better, you’d mistake the four-minute mini-movie for film trailer.
No less engaging, Em’s vid is all about big-upping the Beastie Boys and celebrating violence with found footage of people moshing, rioting and beating each other down. The gigantic boombox in the background adds a bit of production value, though it’s a safe bet Aftermath spent nowhere near as much on these visuals as MGMT did theirs. Rounding out the top 5 are the aforementioned Obits, who slip to No. 3, followed by U.K. post-punk comers Eagulls and grunge mainstays Pearl Jam.
Scroll down to see the full top 10, and if you don’t see your favorite — or heck, even if you do — VOTE in this week’s Diffuser Top 10 countdown. You’ve got until 11AM on Oct. 11 to pick from the list of 30 videos on the right, and you’re allowed to cast a ballot once per hour, so come back often. And tell your friends. Democracy: all the cool kids are doing it (when they’re not doing whatever drug those folks are using in the MGMT video).